BUFFALO Logistics service has an importer code from which the company can identify and track shipments that will be imported into a country. Importer codes provide an identity to identify the logistics company that is importing the goods. The Importer codes assigned to the logistic company are obtained directly from the relevant customs authority to import the goods.
While importing goods from other countries, Importers may need to provide their importer code to service providers to initiate the import process and ensure that their goods are processed and delivered correctly. In addition, the importer code may also be used to calculate customs duties and taxes and to ensure that the correct documentation is filed with the relevant authorities.
The BUFFALO Logistic importer code is up to date because logistics companies need to ensure that their importer codes are accurate and up-to-date to avoid delays or issues with customs clearance or delivery of their goods.
Importer Codes Notification
Importer codes notification is published to notify the conditions of people who want to get their codes for importing the goods. Here is an importers code notification from SARS:
- According to SARS Customs regulations (SC-CF-19 2.1), if you import more than 3 times a year and/or the value of the transactions exceeds R50,000, you need to obtain an importer’s code. However, we are still liable to furnish SARS with your ID number to obtain clearance if you do not meet these requirements.
- As of 9 August 2018, we will need every consignee to provide us with their South African Importer’s Code OR South African ID number to finalize the clearance.
- As a supplier, once you have placed an order, we will inform you immediately whether the consignee needs an importer’s code or identification number if the information is not on file.
- We will also contact the consignee to obtain this information to complete the clearance procedures and ensure that we keep a record of these details for future transactions.
- In respect of consignees who only provide ID numbers, the system will only clear orders three times per year, provided the total value is at most R50,000 per year.
Steps to Apply for Importer Codes
Here are the steps to apply Importer Codes：
- First, Get a bank statement for proof of bank account (an auto bank statement is fine).
- Make a copy of your ID.
- Then Get proof of residence (water and lights bill statement).
- Then Get proof of your cell phone or landline number (statement or write an affidavit as proof).
- Next, Write an application letter stating that you want to apply for an importers code.
- Then, Get your ID, Proof of residence, cell phone number (statement or Affidavit), and application letter certified at the police station.
- Next, Get a printout of your income tax number from a SARS revenue office.
- Lastly, Go to the customs offices with all your documentation.
For the application of importer codes, the customs authorities will give you forms of DA185 and DA185.4A1, and you will be required to fill out the form. So, ensure that the listed document and certifications are clear and your custom forms are filed properly. Suppose there is any mistake or the certification is not clear. In that case, you will be declined for the importer code, and authorities will ask you to go to the police station and recertify your documents for clearance.
How much time will it take to get the importer Code?
The time it takes to get importer codes in Africa can depend on the specific requirements. Obtaining an importer code involves submitting an application form to the relevant government agency or customs authority.
Importers can often consult with logistics service providers to help navigate the process and ensure compliance with all relevant regulations. Moreover, it usually takes 10 working days to get the importer code. So apply the Importer’s code on time with the required documents to avoid any rejection from the authorities.
Importer codes are an essential part of importing products from other countries. They play a crucial role in ensuring that goods are imported into a South Africa legally and safely. People can apply for an importer code by completing the relevant form on the SARS website and submitting it along with any required documentation. To get the importer code, you must provide information about your business, including your business registration number, tax number, and contact details.